I should have linked earlier today to a 1.10 Guardian piece by Joe Uitichi about Artist blowback. Key graph: “Empire‘s Damon Wise believes that most mainstream criticism is nowadays based around finance and marketing rather than the real worth of a film. ‘Is the film commercial, is it awards-friendly, or is it both? Contrarian reviewers imagine themselves to be somehow part of that process, and a film like The Artist is complete bait for that kind of reporter.”